Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Three, three, three posts in one!

Wednesday is a busy day here in blogland! First I'll start with What's on your Wall
Wednesday, hosted by Barb at Grits and Glamour. Barb started this fun event to showcase what we have hanging on our walls - a true indication of a personality, I think. Make sure to visit Barb @ http://gritsglamour.blogspot.com/ to see all of this weeks posts!
This was a Christmas gift from my darling daughter Cait 2 years ago. Bless her heart, she was a freshman in college with no money to speak of. She raided our photo files on all of our computers and came up with this gorgeous collage of some of my favorite pictures from family vacations at the beach. She then sweet talked Daddy into printing it on canvas and stretching it for me.
Needless to say, this is one of my most cherished gifts. She really put alot of thought and work into this. If you look closely, you will probably recognize alot of the shots from previous posts and my sidebar (and yes funny Mr. Crab is there too!) She really captured the feeling of our family time together. I told you I have the best daughter in the world, right?
Hope you enjoyed seeing what's on my wall. Don't forget to check Barb's blog to see who else is sharing their wall decor with us this week!


It's time for another edition of Wordless Wednesday, graciously hosted by Dixie at French Lique, Texas. Where is French Lique you ask? Just hop on over to http://frenchlique.blogspot.com/ to find out! Visit Miss Dixie to find a list of this weeks participants in Wordless Wednesday - the word for this week is "books". Enjoy!






And since it's Wednesday, that means it's time for Outdoor Wednesday, hosted by Susan at A Southern Daydreamer. Make sure to visit Susan at http://asoutherndaydreamer.blogspot.com/ to see a list of this week's participants and visit all of their outdoor spaces.


Several years ago, our little town approved plans for a large outdoor shopping center to be built on property that had been a family owned ranch for over a hundred years. Most of the "old timers", including myself, were not too thrilled with the idea. We have worked very hard in Georgetown to retain our small town charm, and many people have worked tirelessly to ensure that our downtown square remains vital and busy! The developers promised that this would not be a "cookie cutter" project, and that they would retain natural areas, trails and outdoor space for public use. They also made arrangements to place signage in the center directing people to visit the square and historic courthouse. They also arrange for shuttle buses to the downtown square during festivals and fairs. I am pleased to say that they lived up to their promises. Below are just a few of the areas that can be enjoyed by people shopping at Wolfe Ranch.



A view of the hills surrounding the shopping center.
This is one of the many patio areas in this development where you can relax (or send hubby when he starts driving you nuts!)
View of the fountain area from one of our favorite restaurants. When the weather is pleasant, there is nothing nicer than sitting on the patio with a cool drink and watching an amazing sunset.

Hope you enjoyed this little tour. It's nice when a large development can complement a small town rather than overrun it!



51 comments:

prof en retraite said...

Hi Kat...Oh do I love teh photo collage! What a wonderful gift! It will always remind you of all of your happy times together as a family! And...wow...the Library of Congress!! Does anybody get to check those books out?? lol It was really unusually nice of the development to actually take your town into consideration! Good for them! Have a great evening...hugs...Debbie

Elizabeth Ann said...

The photo collage was such a clever idea...daughters are simply awesome (mine is 14)!

I'm here from WW: I don't know that if I walked INTO the Library of Congress, that I could ever walk OUT, I would be caught up in the majesty and magic of the place. I'm bad enough in a local library!

Good job on that development company, to make and hold a promise on NOT building every square inch of land. I once worked as an environmental specialist, and was able to regulate the kind of building that could take place in protected areas. It was a little something to do to save the natural places.

Thanks for sharing.

KD said...

Love the collage. It has a serene feeling about it. Gifts from the heart are always the most cherished.

Envoy-ette said...

What a lovely present! She did work hard on it and it shows!

Barb @ GritsandGlamour said...

That is wonderful! I love each and every pic, and it shows how much thought she put into it. Sometimes the best gifts are those just like this. I love Mr Crabby! He's my kind of guy! LOL Blessings, Barb

Heidi Pocketbook said...

I like all three posts ☺

The photo collage is such a thoughtful gift. The Library of Congress is so impressive. The shopping center is unique, I'm glad they didn't ruin the landscape.

Have a great Wednesday!

♥ Kathy said...

The sunset is beautiful and I just love the collage your daughter made!

Beautiful Pear Tree Lane said...

What a very thoughtful daughter you have, I love gifts that have been given with so much love in them.

I am so glad that things worked out with the shopping center. It is so nice to see that people do
keep their word. Enjoyed visiting with you tonight.
Blessings,
Sue

Olive Rue said...

I really enjoyed your photos for WW & OW. That was such a nice gift your daughter gave you too. Photographs are wonderful gifts.

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Love all of your beautiful pictures and especially that collage that has such sentimental value for you.

Happy Outdoor Wednesday (and other acitivities as well)!

XO,

Sheila :-)

Susan said...

Love the collage....

and the shopping center landscaping is great... I wouldn't mind sitting and resting after shopping there!

Thanks for sharing your photos.

Happy Outdoor Wednesday Kathy

Susan

momma said...

i like the library of congress pictures for "books"

xinex said...

Hi Kathy! The photo collage is so precious. How thoughtful of Cait to do that for you. You really have the best daughter! And how lucky of you to have a shopping area within a naturally beautiful surrounding. That view is breathtaking...so relaxing....Christine

kbbryant said...

It's nice when developers cooperate with their customers! The area looks lovely and retains a unique look!


Happy OW
Kathy b

Cynthia said...

What a wonderful gift from your daughter and the other pics are great! Cindy

Really Rainey said...

What a busy Tuesday for you! Your 3 posts in one are great... I loved the thoughtful present your daughter gave you too.

*Rainey

ellen b. said...

Lots of great photos in your 3 in one today! The library is amazing!!
Happy Outdoor Wednesday...

Carrie said...

The photo collage is well done. Your photos of LC reminded me of my visit to this magnificient national library.

Melissa Miller said...

Kathy what a wonderfully thoughtful gift that Cait has given you. It's so lovely.

You are blessed with a truly beautiful daughter.

Great post tonight.
~Melissa :)

Light and Voices said...

I am so glad you posted a shot of the Library of Congress. I was in D.C. area several times but my husband and I didn't go visit the LOC. At least now I have an idea of what it looks like inside. Thanks so much!
Joyce

Bo said...

Hi Kathy...Yes, I do recognize some of the photos in the collage Cait made...what a wonderful gift from the heart! Your outdoor photos are so peaceful looking...
Love the fountain... ;-) Bo

Anne Fannie said...

I love all your pictures! The Library of Congress pictures is great for this week's theme of wordless wednesday!
Love, Ann

debbie said...

HAPPY WORDLESS WEDNESDAY KATHY
BEAUTIFUL POSTS FOR ALL THREE TOPICS
THE COLLAGE YOUR DAUGHTER MADE WILL ALWAYS BE SPECIAL TO YOU AND SHE DID A BEAUTIFUL JOB
BLESSINGS
debbie

Jeanette said...

Hi Kat, My favorite of all is the collage. What a treasure! Cait is a lovely young girl. She is a treasure too. Jeanete

Happy To Be said...

GM Kathy what a fun Wednesday you had today...love the photo your daughter did for you..it was all great...thanks Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Dawnie said...

you know sometimes when we are the most poor, is when we get most creative...makes sense though. that gift of photos is amazing..what a great gift..she did do a great job.

Dixie said...

wonderful photos... love all 3 Wednesdays! Dixie

Leah said...

I love how you used the Library of Congress as your picture for Books. So creative!

ann said...

Oh Kathy what a treasure your d did make.I instantly recognized the pic on your profile.
And the new development is lovely.
And the library of congress is lovely...Ann

CC said...

Gorgeous pictures, all of them! Yes, blogging certainly takes some courage. I still feel shiver all over at the idea that I've shared my love of tablescaping!

Have a great rest of the week. I love your background!

Carolyn

marty39 said...

Oh Kat, I just love the collage that Cait did for you, it is just so precious and thoughtful. She really is a doll. I'm with Debbie, do people really get to check out those books at the Library of Congress or are they just for reference. Super great post.

Tealady said...

3 in 1! I enjoyed all your Wednesday posts.

All the best, Lana

Melissa Wertz said...

Nice photos. Love the collages.

Cami @ Creating Myself said...

What a wonderful, beautiful gift the photo collage is!

Enjoyed the photos of teh shopping center in Georgetown...would love to see you feature the town square sometime. It's one of my favorites.

once in a blue moon... said...

pretty vistas~

Raggedy Girl said...

I couldn't get the link to work but I am a clever girl and managed to find you. A really nice blog and a good post.

Happy Wordless Wednesday
from Roberta Anne

KATHERINELLEN said...

Kathy,
Oh My!!! That's Beautiful....Beautiful place....to watch the sunset....I am glad they kept their words...I enjoy your post...Have a wonderful day....Katherinllen

Paula Bee said...

Thank you for the beautiful pictures. I have a "thing" for libraries as well as books! Your collage will always bring back happy times. What a treasure!

Love,
Paula

Kim Chalfant said...

Priceless gift from your daughter.

Kathysue said...

hi Kat,Great post on all three counts but I have to say something about the present Cait gave you.That is too priceless for words. I love the affect of the collage without actual edges of each picture showing.what a wonderful and I agree,pretty near perfect daughter.Great idea using the Library of Congress for the wordless Wed.Boy did that say it all.Enjoyed my tour,hugs Kathysue

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

What an ambitious post-3 in one! That collage that your daughter did is wonderful. How sweet and thoughtful of her. Can't get much more lofty than the Library of Congress for a book posting!
What wonderful views from that development. So glad to hear that you and the other "old-timers" accomplished this. laurie

Deb said...

Thank you for stopping by my 1st wordless wednesday!

Deb
:)

KBeau said...

From one Kathy to another - What a clever idea to post the Library of Congress pictures. Thanks for stopping by my blog.

char72 said...

Wow. I feel like we got three for the price of one (so to speak). Great pictures all. That sounds like a great place to shop, and I absolutely love the photo collage your daughter did.
Charlotte

lvroftiques said...

Kathy that was a wonderful thing for your DD to do! And that shopping area has a beautiful view! My small town has resisted all attempts at putting in any charming shopping spots. But I bet they'd relent if they could have something like this. Girlfriend I hadn't been able to shop for what felt like forever with my mom sick and all. I can't tell you how good it felt to get out and thrift!! Those dollars were burning a hole in my pocket! Lol! Vanna

Robin said...

Ohh, I LOVE that photo collage that Cait made for you. That is absolutely precious! I know those pictures have fond memories.

That development is also really nice. I've never seen a place like that with such fantastic views before!

Cass said...

What a fun Wednesday post, so much to enjoy! How sweet of your Cait to make that lovely collage. Thanks!
Cass

Thoughtfully blended hearts said...

Thank you for your comment at Thoughtfully Blended Hearts and I love your site. I have visited here before I started blogging and have always enjoyed your posts. I understand the empty nest thing completely...kindred souls.
Becky

Blondie's Journal said...

Kathy,

Your Cait is quite computer savvy~those pictures are just fabulous. My heart would be bursting with a gift like that.

I also loved the "big" library. Would love to visit that myself!

And finally, there was a happy ending for your town!

Great posts. See ya next week!

xoxo
Janie

Queenie~ said...

Hi, thanks for visiting my blog...it's so nice to meet you.
The sky is beautiful in the OW Post and that's wonderful that the developer tried not to disturb the natural beauty...the water fountain is such a nice feature.
I wish I knew how to make a photo collage...I have been looking online trying to learn how...the one your daughter did for you is beautiful!
Hope you have a great day!
Queenie~

tardevil said...

I am impressed. I can barely get 1post up, and you did a 3-fer!